Bible Believers' Newsletter 396
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time.
For the clock may soon be still.
Hebrews 3:12-15 instructs us to live one day at a time and seize the opportunity of each hour. "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night" of Jacob's trouble, when Israel's 144,000 elect confront the Edomites before they can cross to the Promise of the New Covenant. So redeem what time remains, put your house in order, settle any lingering debts, examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Are you really a Christian? Do you pass the test? Or are you a reprobate? Is the Token on display?
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
India Ditches Iran and Nonalignment
New Delhi, September 28, 2005By voting for a Western-sponsored resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meant to reprimand Iran, India has signaled the collapse of its long-standing policy of nonalignment. Capping recent agreements signed with the United States on military and civilian nuclear cooperation within an increasingly closer "strategic partnership" with it, this constitutes the greatest shift in New Delhi's foreign policy since independence from colonial rule in 1947.
"By taking this disgraceful step, India is indicating that it has become a camp-follower of Washington," said Gulshan Dietl, a West Asia expert at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Full story: antiwar.com
Fake Terrorism is a Coalition's Best Friend
September 20, 2005Iraqi police recently caught two terrorists with a car full of explosives. Would it surprise you to learn they were British Special Forces? . . .
A car driving through the outskirts of a besieged city opens fire on a police checkpoint, killing one. In pursuit, the police surround and detain the drivers and find the vehicle packed with explosives perhaps part of an insurgent's plan to destroy lives and cripple property. If that isn't enough, when the suspects are thrown in prison their allies drive right up to the walls of the jail, break through them and brave petroleum bombs and burning clothes to rescue their comrades. 150 other prisoners break free in the ensuing melee. Full story: stopusa.be stopusa.be theaustralian.news.com.au middle-east-online.com
The US Government did not fail Its Mission in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
September 16, 2005While the world is preoccupied with trying to fix the blame for the government's failure in New Orleans, the reality is that it did not fail at all. It was a huge success in promoting its own agenda. Unfortunately, that agenda was not to rescue American citizens. Once this simple fact is understood, everything that happened in the wake of Katrina becomes understandable and logical. Full story: freedomforceinternational.org
US bars Robert Fisk from entering Country
September 23, 2005The internationally renowned correspondent for The Independent, the great British journalist Robert Fisk has been banned from entering the United States. Fisk has been covering war zones for decades, but is above all known for his incisive reporting from the Middle East for more than 20 years. His critical coverage of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, and the continuing occupation that has followed it, has repeatedly exposed US and British government disinformation campaigns. He also has exposed how the bulk of the press reports from Iraq have been "hotel journalism" a phrase Fisk coined. Full story: iraqwar.mirror-world.ru
International Bankers invading China?
China would like to bury the United States, and has stated so on many occasions. After being flooded with Western technology (much of it stolen through espionage), they are now flooded with Western capital. Considering the influence and lobby power that companies like American Express, BofA and Goldman Sachs have with the US government, what ordinary American citizen would have trouble seeing the conflict of both ideology and interest?
Full story: newswithviews.com
Comment: In one word, what is the common denominator shared by those who stole and traded US technology to China, the "lobby power" than manipulates US Congressmen and Senators, and companies like American Express, BofA and Goldman Sachs?
Job 38:4, 7, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth . . . When the morning stars sang together, and the sons of God shouted for joy" at the revelation of their redemption, portrayed in Revelation 5:8-14? Even though we are individuals we sing that "new song" of our redemption in perfect harmony because we are all members of one Body (I Corinthians 12:11-27; Ephesians 4:13). Praise the Lord!
Romans 8:17-19, "Since we are God's children, we will share His treasures as heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. But to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later. For all creation is waiting patiently in earnest expectation for the manifestation of the sons of God".
God was creating (Heb. 'bara') out of nothing in Genesis 1, expressing His eternal thoughts by speaking them into material existence (Heb, 'asah'). Although it took thousands of years for some of those Words to manifest, not one Word returned to Him void; each accomplished what He had said (Isaiah 55:11). At that time He was the Eternal Holy Spirit alone with His thoughts"Elohim", a plural (or plu-perfect) word with an imputation similar to the English "royal plural." Applied to God, "Elohim" means one Person who is the Logos and sum of all Deity. Applied to men, "elohim" signifies a plural number of elders and leaders (John 10:34-35).
When Elohim said, "Let us make (Heb. 'asah') man from existing substance, in our image, (i.e. spirit), after our likeness," He was speaking of Himself and His elect eternally existent in His thinking as the attributes of what He is (Proverbs 23:7) and expressed in the Logos. God's thoughts are eternal and they are real and must come to pass in their designated, decreed season and time. This explains how all God foreknew He predestinated unto election. Hence His elect can never come into condemnation: when we are born-again we pass from death back into the eternal Life we always were. From eternity we have been seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. "Heavenly places" is our position in the Wordthe revelation we will manifest in our dispensation here on earth.
Election is not an arbitrary decision since that would make God partial and unjust. Election is based upon God's foreknowledge of how we will exercise our free moral agency to conform with His Word in love and reflect His "likeness", or become self-willed reprobates (I Peter 1:2). Therefore all things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose or will.
Election looks back to God's foreknowledge and predestination looks forward to destiny, that is to the eternal inheritance of our name on the Lamb's Book of Life and the present and future partaking of the promises of God as joint heirs with Christ.
In spirit form as "angels" or theophanies singing praises in God's creative mind we could not be lost, sin or fall sick. Consequently God could not display His attributes as Saviour, Healer, Provider, Judge and Redeemer. Therefore we have been made mortal flesh to pass through this cycle of time in order to overcome sin, Satan and the world by the Word of God and prayer so that God may display His attributes in our life and receive glory to His Name. By His foreknowledge He "chose us in Christ (the Logos) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved in whom we have redemption through His blood . . ." (Ephesians 1:4-7; Hebrews 9:22).
God finished speaking His creative work in six periods of a thousand years and rested on the seventh millennium, watching the Word manifest what He had said. In Genesis chapter 2 a mist rose up from the earth and watered the ground to quicken the seeds he had spoken. He formed or (Heb. 'yatsar') squeezed man into shape out of the dust of the earth, then formed the animals and brought them to his first elohim, Adam to name. He is now called Jehovah Elohim, the self-existent God and Lord of many "amateur gods."
As a Son of God man was to hold dominion over the earth, and all nature obeys His spoken Word. But the program was interrupted and for six thousand years man has laboured against sin. Now as our seventh day is beginning to dawn the spoken Word of His mature children under preeminence will begin to manifest what we say. Already we have witness of this in Brother Branham's third pull and the world will witness it in the third pull of Israel's two prophets, but our third pull will not be a public show; it will be for the elect and a witness against those who are lost.
Brother Branham said, "I am going to say something to you now that I haven't said all along. And that is . . . the third pull has now been vindicated, and I'm sure you all know what it is."
"Now, remember, there'll never be any impersonation of that, 'cause it can't be. It cannot be. Now, it's in existence . . . it's just happened so it could identify its presence among you. See? But it will not be used in a great way, until this Council begins to tighten up. . . The Pentecostals and so forth can almost impersonate anything that could be done, but when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you'll see what you have seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power" (Look Away to Jesus p. 5:38-39).
What Adam spoke in the seventh day was so but he forfeited our dominion to Satan at the Fall. That authority will be restored to us at the Seventh Trump for the manifestation of the Sons of God (Romans 8:19). Jesus Christ exercised the third pull when he turned water into wine, called Lazarus from the dead, and cursed the unfruitful fig tree. He was the first mature Son of the Old Testament saints who fell asleep. Brother Branham, who was the first mature Son of we who are alive at Christ's 'parousia' Coming, also used the third pull.
Whereas the first Adam lost our dominion and brought death, the last Adam recovered it to bring redemption and eternal Life. The ministry of Brother Branham was a witness to us that "in Christ shall all be made alive" because the Word of Life had preeminence over that sinner-saved-by-grace. On Sunset Mountain God caught His Prophet up into a constellation of the seven portions of the Spirit which constitute the fullness and formed the Capstone of the Body. He placed him into the position of the seventh angel then commanded him to return to Jeffersonville and reveal the fullness of the Word, which is Christ, the mystery of the Seven Seals (Acts 3:21; I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:1-7).
This Supernatural mountaintop experience was Brother Branham's adoption ceremony by which God recognized him as the firstfruits of we who are alive at His 'parousia,' and was the antitype of Christ's adoption on Mount Transfiguration (Matthew 17). When he descended the mountain he returned to his Church where he faithfully expounded the revelation of the Seven Seals as God unfolded them to him.
We become Sons when we are baptized with the Holy Spirit (or spiritually circumcised) and born into the Body of Christ. But although we are members of God's Family we have yet to be proven under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit. When we have been recognized worthy to inherit and properly discharge the responsibilities of the Kingdom, God will dress us in glory and publicly proclaim our placement or adoption as sons with co-equal authority over His Spoken Word and joint heirs with His Firstborn.
A son born in Israel was circumcised on the eight day and become an Israelite. He was his father's son, but so long as he was a child his status was not above that of a servant for he was under obedience to governors and instruction by tutors until his father determined he was mature and responsible (Galatians 4). Once proven to have met the standard of his mentors and the expectations of his father he was dressed in a splendid robe and seated in a prominent place where his father publicly proclaimed him heir and co-equal in authority over his business and estate. This meant that the word of the son had equal force with the word of the father.
John 14:13-14, "Whatsoever you ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it." This is the third pull.
The Epistle to the Ephesians parallels the Book of Joshua. Each of the second generation of Israelites was born into the nation, but when they crossed over Jordan Joshua divided the Land and placed or adopted each tribe into its inheritance as prophesied by the inspired utterance of each mother at the birth of the patriarchs. And in Genesis 49:1 Jacob foretold where each tribe would be in the last day which will be the time of Messiah's 'parousia' for Israel's redemption.
God has revealed his secret purpose to us "that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in Christ both the sleeping New Testament saints and we who are alive at His Coming . . . having predestinated us unto the adoption of Children by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will, having chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1:9-10, 4-5).
Now each of the New Testament saints is a Son of God when he is born-again, but not placed or adopted until he is recognized as a responsible and mature son and entrusted with authority over the spoken Word like Jesus and Brother Branham. And as the Old Testament saints could not be glorified until Christ had redeemed the New Testament saints, the sleeping Church Age saints cannot be glorified until Christ's end-time Bride has reached maturity in the unity of the faith, or as Brother Branham said, "in speaking conditions" (Hebrews 11:39-40).
We live in the age of the full adoption of the Body of Christ, for we are all of one Body and the hidden mysteries sealed from the foundation of the world have been revealed to bring us to perfection. That the new wave offering of the Holy Spirit at the time of the first resurrection and manifestation of the Sons of God will be received by God was confirmed by the 1964 Good Friday earthquake in Alaska, which he spoke three days beforehand in token of the soon-coming earthquake that will sink Los Angeles at the close of the Gentile dispensation (Revelation 8:1-5).
When Brother Branham revealed the Seven Church Ages he expounded the mystery of Revelation 1 3, dividing the New Testament saints to their inheritance under the Token of the virtue of the Life of Christ that prevailed over the Adversary in their dispensation precisely as Joshua had placed each of the Tribes of Israel into their inheritance under the prophetic token of their tribal banner. These secret things hid from the foundation of the world were revealed to enable Christ's end-time Bride to recognize her day and its Message, and preclude us from impersonating the Word for a day gone by, because without a clear revelation of our position in the Body we will be unable to exercise the third pull.
God foreordained and predestinated the Church before there was a world, placing our names in the Lamb's Book of Life when He foresaw us slain in Christ when there was nothing but His self-existent Being. As Israel's inheritance was in the Promised Land, our inheritance is in the promised Son "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of God who works all things after the counsel of His own will: that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ" (Ephesians 1:11-12). Christ is our Head who veiled the fullness of the godhead in one body; the Church is the sum of those attributes expressed in His many membered Body. All God was He poured into Christ, and all Christ is He poured into His Church (John 17:21-26).
The remnant of the Church Age saints is being gathered in sleep into heaven; and the Bride Age saints on earth are being gathered into their part of the Body by the Capstone revelation. How is He going to gather together the Bride of all Ages? By the "Shout, Voice and Trump" of I Thessalonians 4:13-18 that will culminate in the manifestation the Sons of God and the first resurrection after the Seventh Trump.
Now is the hour in which God is preparing to place or adopt His Church. He could not do it in the days of the early apostles as the mystery of God was sealed and they required a Mediator on account of their ignorance of the Word and because of "Jewish fables" and later Gentile traditions. He could not adopt the Church until the Gentile denominations became apostate like the Hebrew denominations before them, and the body of the Pyramid that represents the Body of Christ was completed and shaped so as to conform to the capstone now being made up of the end-time Bride with the Life of Jesus Christ.
When the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean Church Age was redeemed, God sealed the PART-Word divisions of the Body: they will enter glory via the grave and first resurrection. Then He anointed His end-time Prophet with the fullness of the Spirit to reveal the fullness of the Word that is calling His end-time Bride out from Rome and her (once) Protestant daughter churches into maturity in the unity of the faith, for the third pull whereby "speaking the Word in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head [or Capstone], even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:15-16).
The evidence of our oneness with the Capstone revelation is the Life of Christ in us awaiting the manifestation of the Sons of God or new wave offering of Leviticus 23:16-21. Herein God will display the preeminence of His unfailing Word over the leaven of sin-born mortal flesh as He did in the life of Brother Branham when we "speak the Word in love," having "grown up" into the Capstone.
When the last of Christ's end-time Bride is baptized into the Capstone and we are mature, Israel's Seventh Trump will sound, calling the first resurrection and our full adoption recognizing in authority at the top of the pyramid. Then, what we speak not doubting in our heart but believing what we have said will come to pass, God will perform.
Mount Transfiguration is our type. Jesus Christ took Peter, James and John, three witnesses representing the 144,000 Israelites, into a high mountain apart from their Brethren. There in the capstone He was transfigured into His glorified form. By His side stood two witnesses of heaven, Moses representing the sleeping New Testament saints, and Elijah representing us who will be translated. The Shekinah overshadowed them as it will overshadow the New Jerusalem and a Voice spoke out of the Cloud saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him".
Here the Holy Spirit is gathering together in one all things in Christ in these last days as Paul taught in Ephesians 1:10. We are already sealed to the day of our redemption. Once we have been adopted by Jesus Christ and glorified we can return to God for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky as Jesus went back to God. Then we will return through the same Spirit with dominion over the earth like Adam before the Fall.
Romans 8:14-19, "All who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. So we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God's very own children, for we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. His Spirit witnesses deep in our hearts that we really are the children of God: and since we are God's children, we will share His treasures as heirs of God and joint- heirs with Christ. But to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later. For all creation is waiting patiently in earnest expectation for the manifestation of the sons of God".
We live in the dispensation of adoption. When the Seventh Trumpet signals the end of this holy convocationthis "dispensation of the fullness of times"there will be an earthquake, a resurrection, and the manifestation of the Sons of God followed by our translation.
God's purpose is that we should be to His glory, who first trusted in Christ. When Christ's mediation was fulfilled and the PART-Word saints were complete the four living creatures and the twenty four elders gave praise to God. Revelation 4:8-11, "The four living creatures each had six wings covered with eyes: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to the One sitting on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four Elders fall down before Him and worship Him, the eternal Living One, and cast their crowns before the throne, singing, O Lord, You are worthy to receive glory and honour and power: for You have created all things. They were created and called into being by Your act of will".
"The mystery of His will" was revealed and is now being fulfilled through the seventh angel's Message (Ephesians 1:9; Revelation 10:7). How? By gathering the Sons of God out from denominational hedges and byways into the unity of the faith. This mystery has been hidden from the foundation of the world, waiting for our end-time dispensation and the revelation or manifestation of the sons of God (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4).
This is the hour. We know that but for a few stragglers all have been gathered in because all nature is groaning and travailing together in pain. There are earthquakes in divers places, the sea and the waves are roaring, but not with the convulsive violence soon to come. There is distress among nations; our planet is polluted with waste and destruction, desertification, dry land salinity, dead rivers, deforestation, species extinction and GM seeds. Chemtrails scar the skies and electromagnetism drives man and beast insane while man-made diseases like AIDS, SARS and avian flu plague or psychologically terrify and subdue humanity.
Lies of religious, educational, bureaucratic and political institutions have sent the whole world insane. But if the Spirit of Christ lives in you, it will make you live the Life of Christ, act the Life of Christ, and do the very works of Christ. "He who believes on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." We have a ministry coming that will be just like the Life of Christ (John 5:19), but it will not be a public show. This will be the manifestation of the Sons of God, "Speaking the truth in love, having grown up into the Head." The purpose of this third pull ministry will be to develop faith in us for translation grace.
God has allowed the enemy to back us into a corner to test our Token, so we can discover any shortcomings and stand our ground with the belt of truth tightened around our waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness over our heart, with the readiness of the Good News of peace bound onto our feet; above all taking up the shield of faith with which we will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the Evil One, and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying in the Spirit on every occasion with ceaseless prayer and supplication, constantly alert to pray with all perseverance and entreaty for all the saints.
We must have the Token on display before the Trumpet sounds. Unless we are written epistles, abiding in the Word and with the Word abiding in us, God will be unable to manifest the words we speak.
The full adoption is manifested in the resurrection of the believer with a body like Christ's glorious body (Romans 8:23). The third pull manifested and accepted in the offering of Brother Branham's ministry confirmed the signs of the end as the third pull manifested in the wave offering will personally confirm our acceptance and encourage us by building faith for translation grace. Christ was a Son even in His humiliation; but He was only "declared (Gk. definitively) the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:4), "the first begotten from the dead" (Revelation 1:5). Hence Paul refers "To which angel did God say, You are My Son, this day have I begotten You?" Or, "I will be a Father to Him and He will be a Son to Me with the honor that goes with My Name?" to the day of His resurrection. "When He again brought the first begotten into the world, He said, let all the angels of God worship Him" (Psalm 2:7; Hebrews 1:5-6).
Paul called our victory the submission of death beneath our feet (I Corinthians 15:20-27; 51-58). Our vindication and full adoption is the victory of Life over death and hell manifest in the resurrection, translation and glorification of the saints.
Thus in Ephesians 1:16-20 Paul says, "I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom and revelation to really understand who Christ is and what He has done for you. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with understanding so that you can see the hope of the future to which He has called you, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. I pray you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him. For it is the same resurrection power that He worked in Jesus Christ when he raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places".
Adoption has to do with glorification. Jesus did not became a Son when He was glorified, but His sonship was openly vindicated by the Father's raising Him from the dead and placing or "seating Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places" (Acts 13:33; Ephesians 1:20). Thus Jesus declared, "All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:18; I Corinthians 15:27-28). Our adoption is still waited for in the sense of its open manifestation, a certain as yet hidden reality (Romans 8:11, 19; I John 3:2; Ephesians 4:30). Our regeneration is now true (Titus 3:5), but its full glories await the Seventh Trump which will summons the sleeping saints to manifested regeneration in our sight.
The saints have three birthdays: the natural, the spiritual, and the glorified or full adoption. Being "the children of the resurrection vindicates us as children of God" (Luke 20:36; I Peter 1:3). By creation Adam (Luke 3:38) and all of his blood descendants are sons of God; by adoption only an election of believers are placed and therefore recognized as the Sons of God (I Corinthians 12:3). Our union with the Word of God and the present Truth is the test of our qualification for adoption (I John 3:9; 4:4, 6; 5:1, 4, 18-21). nl396.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.